If it happens - Rajoana's parents may lose their third child
The confusion prevails and the tension is mounting. Nothing can be said at the moment. Only the God knows what’s going to happen on 31st of March, the day Balwant Singh Rajoana is scheduled to be hanged at Central Jail of Patiala.
In the overflooded scenario of news related to Rajoana, Senor Journalist IP Singh who represents Times of India has explored a different dimension.
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Rajoana’s parents may lose their third child.
By IP Singh TNN
Jalandhar, March 28, 2012
For this old couple it will be the loss of their third child if Balwant Singh Rajoana is hanged on March 31. Jaswant Singh and Surjit Kaur, Rajoana's foster parents, who saw their only hope in him, have already lost a daughter and a son during terrorism days in Punjab, and now after a gap of around two decades they may lose another family member.
"Even as Rajoana was awarded death sentence, my husband and I always hoped that someday he would return to us and we would have his support at this age. My husband is extremely upset and does not know what to say after the date of his hanging was announced," she told TOI on Tuesday, the day when a Chandigarh court ordered that the hanging would take place as scheduled.
However, the couple appears to be caught in a dilemma as Surjit said, "When we look at his spirit of sacrifice and exceptional courage in welcoming the gallows, we don't want to show any weakness." The couple had gone through a harrowing experience of insult at the hands of the police.
After Amandeep was released, she was killed by two unidentified gunmen in 1992 at Pipli in Bathinda district.
The case was even documented by the Committee for Coordination on Disappearances in Punjab, which was led by noted human rights activist late Ram Narayan Kumar, and was reported in subsequent publications on disappearances in Punjab. The committee also took on record Amandeep's statement recorded by Punjab Human Rights Organization (PHRO) some days before her death when she was hiding from police after passing through a hellish experience, which also included stripping of her father and husband in front of each other and then slapping each other on the orders of senior police officials at a police station.
Surjit Kaur said that her husband and Amandeep and her NRI husband were picked up by the police when they had gone to court to get her marriage registered in October 1991. Surjit said that she was also picked up by the police and remained in illegal custody for several days. The committee documentation revealed that police picked them up while looking for the couple's son, Harpinder Singh Goldy, who had gone underground after being harassed by police.